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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability

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Results are for year ending June 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Honda Accord 17
22.7272727273% 22.7272727273% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Accords, 5.0 months of data per Accord, average 5200 miles
2016 Subaru Legacy 10
4.54545454545% 4.54545454545% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  144 Legacys, 5.8 months of data per Legacy, average 5000 miles

 

2015 Honda Accord 20
26.1904761905% 26.1904761905% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  80 Accords, 9.8 months of data per Accord, average 11200 miles
2015 Subaru Legacy 36
64.2857142857% 64.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  152 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 13600 miles

Redesigned. Common problems with wind noise around the front side windows and the fuel door release.

 

2014 Honda Accord 15
12.8571428571% 12.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  120 Accords, 10.0 months of data per Accord, average 23700 miles
2014 Subaru Legacy 24
33.4285714286% 33.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  81 Legacys, 9.4 months of data per Legacy, average 27600 miles

 

2013 Honda Accord 17
12.0689655172% 12.0689655172% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  137 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 34600 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Subaru Legacy 21
19.9507389163% 19.9507389163% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  120 Legacys, 9.4 months of data per Legacy, average 42600 miles

 

2012 Honda Accord 15
6.22119815668% 6.22119815668% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 48100 miles
2012 Subaru Legacy 23
20.9677419355% 20.9677419355% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  99 Legacys, 9.6 months of data per Legacy, average 52000 miles

 

2011 Honda Accord 18
7.14285714286% 7.14285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Accords, 10.1 months of data per Accord, average 74200 miles
2011 Subaru Legacy 33
30.9523809524% 30.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  128 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 67200 miles

 

2010 Honda Accord 37
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 70100 miles

Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years.
2010 Subaru Legacy 43
41.5750915751% 41.5750915751% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  95 Legacys, 9.4 months of data per Legacy, average 76300 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Dramatic improvement in reliability compared to the previous generation.

 

2009 Honda Accord 31
13.3053221289% 13.3053221289% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Accords, 9.4 months of data per Accord, average 86900 miles

Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years.
2009 Subaru Legacy 79
67.0868347339% 67.0868347339% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 88100 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.

 

2008 Honda Accord 24
4.94505494505% 4.94505494505% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  83 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 84300 miles

Redesigned. Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years--now running out.
2008 Subaru Legacy 102
90.6593406593% 90.6593406593% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Legacys, 8.9 months of data per Legacy, average 100900 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Honda Accord 47
24.0920096852% 24.0920096852% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  90 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 109800 miles
2007 Subaru Legacy 112
87.0460048426% 87.0460048426% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Legacys, 9.6 months of data per Legacy, average 96000 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2006 Honda Accord 39
19.0909090909% 19.0909090909% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  70 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 121900 miles
2006 Subaru Legacy 88
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Legacys, 9.0 months of data per Legacy, average 103500 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.

 

2005 Honda Accord 38
10.9808102345% 10.9808102345% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 135600 miles
2005 Subaru Legacy H6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Legacy H6s, 9.5 months of data per Legacy H6, average 129200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Subaru Legacy H4 97
61.3006396588% 61.3006396588% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Legacy H4s, 9.8 months of data per Legacy H4, average 114400 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.

 

2004 Honda Accord 46
18.3982683983% 18.3982683983% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  69 Accords, 8.4 months of data per Accord, average 139000 miles
2004 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 139300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Honda Accord 79
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Accords, 8.5 months of data per Accord, average 154300 miles

Redesigned. Has long had a higher repair frequency than other model years.
2003 Subaru Legacy 107
55.9674502712% 55.9674502712% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 158900 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Honda Accord 64
23.721340388% 23.721340388% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Accords, 8.9 months of data per Accord, average 151700 miles
2002 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Legacys, 8.2 months of data per Legacy, average 168900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Honda Accord 74
34.9523809524% 34.9523809524% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Accords, 9.1 months of data per Accord, average 178000 miles
2001 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Legacys, 7.0 months of data per Legacy, average 189200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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